DQ 3-23-07

DQ 3-23-07 - modern world I do however feel that the...

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PSC 001 3/23/07 1) A collective action problem is a problem that requires the coordinated action of multiple parties in order to achieve a positive outcome. For example, in the Prisoner's Dilemma, two men are presented with the same choice of whether to confess or not. One choice will be to their benefit and the other will not, the dilemma is a result of the fact that which choice is beneficial depends on what the other man has chosen. This is relevant to our understanding of politics because political problems including those regarding the environment can cause different entities into a similar situation to the Prisoner's Dilemma with one option being beneficial and another not, and no way to know for certain which of the options is the right one. 2) I do not agree with Diamond's pessimistic outlook at the end of his piece about Easter Island. I think that he is overly pessimistic and that his claim that the happenings on Easter Island guarantee a similar occurrence across the entire
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Unformatted text preview: modern world. I do however feel that the parallels he draws are somewhat valid in that while the collapse of the civilization on Easter Island guarantees nothing about our world today, I think it serves as an important reminder to us of what could happen if we do not learn from the mistakes on Easter Island. 3) The tragedy of the commons is a sort of collective action parable in which a civilization abuses and exhausts its resources in the form of a common grazing area for their cows. This is a result of the members of the civilization each looking out for their own benefit rather than the benefit of the community as a whole. This story relates to attempts to curb global warming in that such attempts have so far resulted in similar outcomes. This is a result of real individuals looking out for their own interests such as the sale of fossil fuels and machines that run on them rather than the good of the environment....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PSC 001 taught by Professor Teitelbaum during the Spring '08 term at GWU.

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